Joy Meek

Joy joined Wheeler Kearns Architects in 1998 and became a principal in 2006. She has worked on numerous residential and institutional projects including an adaptive reuse and expansion project for the Marwen foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization that provides free art classes to students in Chicago. The project has received several awards including a National SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design and an AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award. She is currently working on a new single-family residence in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Joy graduated from University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1995 with University Honors and continued her education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She graduated with a Master of Architecture in 1998. While at the GSD, Joy collaborated with the University of Toronto and architect Brigitte Shim to install an exhibit of projects for Toronto’s waterfront at Toronto’s Queens Quay Terminal. Before graduating and joining Wheeler Kearns Architects, she interned at a number of architecture firms and worked on various projects including interior office spaces, private residences, and elementary schools.

Joy is a registered architect in the State of Illinois, a registered LEED accredited professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects. She has also served as a mentor for the Illinois Math and Science Academy’s Student Inquiry and Research Program, working with high school students interested in the field of architecture on a year-long research investigation.

Joy and her husband, Jamie Cook, an architect at Krueck + Sexton, live in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with their two children.

1998                    . MArch, Havard University, Graduate School of Design
1995 BSAS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professional Experience
2006-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Principal
1998-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
1997 Legat Architects, Oak Brook, Intern Architect
1993, 94, 95 Hydzik Schade Associates, Chicago, Intern Architect
Academic Experience
2015-present Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, Adjunct Lecturer
2015-2016 Illinois Math and Science Academy Student Inquiry and Research Mentor
2009-2010 Illinois Math and Science Academy Student Inquiry and Research Mentor
2003-2004 Illinois Math and Science Academy Student Inquiry and Research Mentor
2001-2002 Illinois Math and Science Academy Student Inquiry and Research Mentor
Professional Registration
Professional Affiliations
2007-present American Institute of Architects
2007-present US Green Building Council, Member, LEED AP
2016-present Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA)
Speaking Engagements
2016 “Marwen”, Design Corps Structures for Inclusion Conference, Presenter
2016 “Public Interest Design”, Design Corps Structures for Inclusion Conference, Panelist
Individual Honors
2015 Exhibition “This is the House: A Public Installation at the Harvard Graduate School of Design”